Thanks again Covid 19.

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The husband has been trying to talk me into trading in my 2014 Subaru Forester for years now. But I love Ethel, and she only has 64,000 gentle miles, so I keep saying no.

Determined to prove that now is the perfect time to upgrade, I allowed him to drag me to a dealership to check out the 2022 models. There was only one problem.

There aren’t any 2022 models.

We checked 4 dealerships, but due to chip shortages and shipping backlogs the closest they could show me was a 2021 loaner of an entirely different grade.

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The husband insisted we test drive it, which we did. And while I admit it was newer and a bit peppier than mine, I was less than thrilled with the new energy conserving process that shuts off the engine every time you idle at a stop light. While the actual shutting down was smooth, the restart was jarring and bound to be annoying over time. They told us we could disable the feature, but it would have to be done every single time we drove as it resets to default.

For $38,000 plus? I said no thanks. But the husband was pushing me to order a new one and wait God knows how many months to get it….

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So he dragged me into the salesman’s office and had them appraise Ethel for a trade.

My Ethel.

I understand she’s 7 years old.. but she has low mileage and is loaded (with heated leather seats, back up camera, Nav and panoramic moon roof). My absolutely perfect Ethel… who Kelly Blue Book says has a trade in value of $16,500 and a private sale value of $17,800?

They offered us $10,000.

And that was all it took for my husband to be insulted, leave and stop badgering me to trade my vehicle.

Thank you Covid 19. Your virus induced shortages actually benefitted me this time around.

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After that fiasco, it was time for lunch at one of our favorite waterfront restaurants.

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A raspberry lime gin Ricky…

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And a scrumptious crab cake appetizer later, I was on my way to happy.

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Add a Campari Sangria and a fresh panko breaded haddock sandwich… and I was there.

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The husband started with clam chowder and moved on to a blood rare filet with grilled asparagus which, while quite satisfying….

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Set our wallet back a cool $53.

So yeah, thanks Covid 19 for driving food prices up so high our favorite place for lunch now makes my debit card shudder.

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Lovely fall photo inserted just because I can.

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36 thoughts on “Thanks again Covid 19.”

  1. Good for you. I have a 2014 Subaru Forrester as well. Also low milage about 84,000 kms. My plan is to hold on to it for another couple of years then hopefully buy an electric vehicle. Been test driving a few this summer.

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    1. I’ve got a 21 year old Honda Civic. Bought in 2000 and still going strong. At the Toyota Dealership (for BFF’s car), TWO of the younger repair guys BEGGED me to sell it to them because it’s in such great shape.

      I declined. Now is NOT the time to buy a car.

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    1. This restaurant serves their Bloody Marys in a Grey Goose bottle with the neck sawed off. It’s a giant drink.. and I’ve had the gooseberry Bellini. It’s massive as well!

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  2. I keep getting emails from the car dealership that they want to buy my vehicle. Sadly, they don’t have any replacements. I suppose they think I’m a great ‘walker’.
    I’ve heard of people selling used vehicles now (trucks) for more than they paid years before.
    It’s a crazy time to be alive.

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